Some Amazing Yoga Facts

Amazing Yoga Facts

Yoga is not just another fad exercise. It has been around for centuries, and is one of the basic tenants of Hindu philosophy. It disciplines the mind and the body through exercise and meditation. Yoga embraces a life of peace and health. More and more people are drawn this ancient discipline when they become aware of its many benefits. Want to know how amazing yoga is? Read on!

Amazing Yoga Fact #1: Yoga is for Everyone

Anyone can practice yoga. It is not for just the young, thin, and flexible. Anyone from any walk of life can benefit from the practice of yoga. A beginning yoga practitioner will eventually gain flexibility and strength, but it is not an initial requirement.

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5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Yoga

Yoga increases flexibility and reduces stress, but the practice can do more than help you twist your body into pretzel shapes and find inner peace. These hidden benefits will help you in the kitchen, office and bedroom — and will give you five new reasons to show off your yoga skills (plus recommended poses for each one!).

1. Boost Immunity
A recent Norwegian study found that yoga practice results in changes in gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level. And it doesn’t take long: The researchers believe the changes occurred while participants were still on the mat, and they were significantly greater than a control group who went on a nature hike while listening to soothing music. Yoga also helps to boost immunity by simply increasing overall health, says Mitchel Bleier, a yoga teacher of 18 years and owner of Yogapata in Connecticut. “As you breathe better, move better and circulate better, all the other organs function better.”

Strike A Pose: Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar)
This sequence of eight poses performed in a row can be found in almost any yoga class. It creates great circulation and tone, plus sweat, says Bleier.

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Understanding the Yoga Sutras

In the West, there are many who practice Yoga for the physical benefits only. I’ll never forget the first-time experience of teaching Yoga in a commercial health club setting.

After practicing asanas and pranayama, I mentioned that we would start a meditation session. To my surprise, two of the students stood up and left. This natural event in a health club is almost never seen in an Ashram.

What am I getting at here? Teaching all aspects of Yoga to everyone is sometimes like force-feeding a child. As teachers and interns, you should know all the benefits of Yoga. Unfortunately, your students may not want to know anything except how to “shape that body.”

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Realistic Expectations for Chair Yoga Students

Firstly, let me make it clear that Yoga is not a “cure” for the huge variety of ailments that afflict mankind, but it can help in every area of life. Yoga’s strength lies in preventative medicine, living a healthy life style, and making any current ailments, more tolerable.

So, the first thing you will gain from a Chair Yoga class is knowledge. The concepts of good health, longevity, and making the most of your life right now, are powerful tools taught in every style of Yoga.

However, Chair Yoga has been developed from many gentle styles of Hatha Yoga, for those of us who are not so steady on their feet, and those who cannot get out of a wheel chair. Many students of Chair yoga remark that they learn so much from each class.

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